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14 January 2011

Another Year by Mike Leigh

Think of an eminent Jewish filmmaker whose comedy is often tinged with melancholy, who favours ensemble movies and who often uses the same actors. The description fits Woody Allen — and Mike Leigh.

The difference is that, while Allen now cranks out mostly mediocre comedies that get lots of media attention because of their Hollywood casts, the British-based Leigh continues to create small, sparkling gems. Case in point: his funny, heartbreaking Another Year, one of the standout movies at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

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